Page 3113 - Week 10 - Thursday, 15 August 2013
Mr Wall: My point of order is on relevance. The Chief Minister does not need to bring back the case of our scrutiny of her government on other infrastructure projects. The question clearly was: what were the benefits of the light rail?
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall has a point of order. Chief Minister, the standing orders require you to be directly relevant to the question. And the question was: what were the benefits of the light rail project? Could you be directly relevant to the question.
MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I was just getting to that. The benefit of the light rail project will be to completely transform a corridor, the most congested corridor in Canberra, and change the look of that part of the city and which, I think, in time, while the project is being rolled out, will give us the opportunity to transform the way the city as a whole looks.
There will be economic uplift along that corridor, the most congested corridor in Canberra, where the most population growth is occurring, where we have significant congestion now and where the facts show that by 2030, if nothing is done, the situation will get to what it is like in Sydney now. Anyone who needs to drive to Sydney or spend time in Melbourne and sees what their roads are like—(Time expired.)
MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call you, Mr Smyth, could I acknowledge the presence in the gallery today of members of the Goodwin men’s shed from Monash. I welcome you to your Assembly.
Questions without notice
MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer regarding light rail. Treasurer, has the Treasury verified the economic credibility of the benefit-cost ratio?
MR BARR: Yes.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: It is good to see the Treasurer brimming with enthusiasm for this project! Treasurer—
MADAM SPEAKER: No preamble, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Has the Treasurer verified the assumptions and predictions that were used as the basis for the benefit-cost ratio?
MR BARR: Yes, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.